Exhibs overseas had two reasons to cheer last weekend: heroic preems by "X2: X-Men United" and the fact that some holdovers withstood the mutant invasion remarkably well.
Mutant mania gripped the world over the weekend as "X2: X Men United" amassed an estimated $69.3 million from 7,600 prints in an unprecedented 93 territories.
The summer of sequels opened with a blast, as "X2: X-Men United" not only clobbered its predecessor but rang up a scintillating $155.2 million worldwide.
"X-Men" to the rescue! Exhibs overseas were eagerly anticipating the weekend launch of "X2" in an unprecedented 93 territories as biz had subsided to generally low levels after the Easter bounce.
MORE BANG FOR THE BUCK With a theater count of 3,741, Fox’s "X2" is taking on Col’s "Spider-Man" for the highest per-screen May average ever for a pic in more than 3,600 locales. OPENING…
This weekend is shaping up as a monster for "X2: X Men United" internationally as well as at home after Fox's sci-fier posted stellar numbers from sneaks and its first day in key territories.
Coming off the Easter break, ticket sales in many markets dwindled last weekend, with Spain plunging by a whopping 50%, Taiwan plummeting by 54% due to worries over SARS, and Germany off 7%.
For the third straight weekend, that jolly old bean Rowan Atkinson was the B.O. king overseas as "Johnny English" rustled up an estimated $14 million from 3,600 playdates in 39 countries.
The box office found its "Identity" this weekend, but New Line's pioneering bid to bring the reality genre to the bigscreen with "The Real Cancun" did a bellyflop.
The Easter vacation overseas was predictably good for comedies and family fare -- but there were a few surprises, not all of them pleasant for distribs.
IT PAYS TO BE FUNNY Thanks to "Anger Management," Bringing Down the House" and "How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days," the comedy box office is up 25% over last year. COMEDY BOX OFFICE* 700 600…